One of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid the ultraviolet radiation that is given off by the sun. This will also help keep your skin looking healthier and younger well into your older years.
It is possible to burn your skin year round. Most people do tend to burn during the summer months when outside playing, swimming or enjoying the beach. But in colder climates the winter sun is still strong enough to burn you.
The damage that the sun does to your skin is called photoaging. In its advanced state it can cause skin cancer which could be fatal. There are three things you can do to minimize these effects.
1. Wear a hat and sunglasses
2. Use sunscreen on exposed skin
3. Wear light, long sleeved clothing or beach style cover-ups
Two of the worst skin damaging habits you may have are using a tanning bed and smoking. It is the facial expressions which you use while smoking. Think about it smoking makes you tighten your lips and makes you make squinting movements. All of this leads to causing premature wrinkles. Nicotine itself also damages your skin collagen and elastin and slows down blood flow around your face. If you don’t want to age early then it might be time to give up smoking and starting leading a healthier lifestyle.
Eating a healthy and well balanced diet will show up on your skin! As will drinking lots of water so that your skin is well hydrated. In addition eating in a healthy manner improves your blood circulation, reduces fat deposits and helps to keep your skin clear and smooth.
Some of the best foods you can eat for your skin include:
Vitamin A – this is found in dairy products, carrots and sweet potatoes
Vitamin C – find this in citrus fruits and bell peppers
Vitamin E – found in sunflower seeds, avocados and olive oil
Selenium – found in tuna, walnuts, Brazil nuts and oatmeal
Omega-3 fatty acids – found in oily fish, flaxseed, pecans and hazelnuts
By eating these types of food on a regular basis your skin texture and appearance will start to improve. Combine that with using sunblock or sunscreen and giving up any bad habits and you really will be able to age gracefully. Always use a sunscreen with a high UV protection rating, and don’t forget to use it on your children as well.